Dimensions for and How to Build Your Own Wooden Guitar Stand

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A guitar stand is a fun weekend project for the hobbyist woodworker. You want to make the stand sturdy enough to support the guitar without tipping backwards. Give it a neck support at the proper angle to avoid having your guitar tip forward and fall off the stand. Beyond that, the design can take any shape or style you like.

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Things you need

  • 2 16-by-12-by-1/2 inch wood blanks
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Table saw
  • Hammer
  • Glue
  • Chisel
  • Band saw or jigsaw
  • Drum sander
  • Block sander
  • 1-by-12 inch board
  • Router
  • Drill press
  • Two 1.25 inch dowels
  • 1-by-2-inch stick, two feet long

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw out the shape you desire for the base of the stand on the side of the 16-by-12-by-1/2-inch wood blanks. The bottom side of the base is left flat. This will give you a solid base that shouldn't tip in any direction. Measure the width of the lower third of your guitar's body. Translate this measurement to your wood blanks and centre this dimension on the wood blank that will soon be your guitar stand base.

  2. 2

    Cut a dado into the inside faces of the wood blanks at their centres. Note that the centre is based on the centre you found from your guitar body's measurement. In other words, your dados may not be in the centre of the wood blanks, but they'll be at the centre of the base pieces once they're cut out. To complete a dado cut, set the height of your table saw to a level that is two-thirds the total thickness of your wood blanks. This will cut a notch into the wood without cutting completely through the piece. Complete this dado cut one inch out from each side of centre, on both pieces of wood. Use a chisel and hammer to remove the section of wood between each dado cut. The end result will be a rectangular slot made when the two wood pieces are joined together. This is where the neck support will slide into place.

  3. 3

    Glue the two pieces together, aligning the dado slots. Cut out the pencil-drawn design outline of your base using a band saw or jigsaw. Next, you'll use a drum sander to sand the freshly cut edges of the base. Use a hand-held block sander to fine-tune the sanding and make the piece smooth.

  4. 4

    Outline your newly cut out base onto the piece of solid 1-by-12-inch board. Use a solid wood like oak, not plywood or particle board, so you can paint it later and have a piece that's sturdy and presentable. Cut this outline out using your band saw. Trim the bottom edge of this piece down two inches using a table saw. This will make the front piece of the base shorter than the rear. Sand the piece completely with your drum and block sanders.

  5. 5

    Round the edges of both base pieces with a router.

  6. 6

    Drill a pair of matching holes each 1/2-inch deep by 1.25-inches wide, into the inside sections of the base using the drill press. These holes will receive the dowel rods, allowing the guitar to cradled within the base of the stand. Measure the location of each hole careful to ensure the set of holes line up perfectly with each other. Remember the front base piece is shorter than the rear, so take that into account. Glue the dowels into place so the two base pieces are connected by the pair of dowels.

  7. 7

    Cut out a piece of board into a 3-by-3 inch square. Dado one edge so it's 1.5 inches wide by 1/2 -nch deep. This cut will allow you to glue this piece (soon to be the neck cradle) onto the neck support stick. Before you glue it though, trace a circle on the face of the board that will round off the square corners without cutting into the dado section. Trace an inner circle, again, that doesn't interfere with the dado section. This inner circle will be the section of the neck cradle what touches the neck of the guitar, so make sure it's wide enough to receive the neck of your guitar. Cut out the tracings with a band saw. This will round the corners off and create the cavity opposite the dado that will receive the neck. Glue this neck cradle to the top of the neck support stick, flush with the top.

  8. 8

    Paint the guitar stand the colour of your choice, let it dry and you're done. You now have a homemade wooden guitar stand.

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